Leading up to Sunday night’s “The X Factor” UK results show, there were clearly some acts that we were more worried about than others. Rylan Clark has been polarizing throughout, and he also had the dishonor of going first on the show; meanwhile, Kye Sones was slightly forgettable and District3’s performance was largely panned by the judges.
So did any of this translate into a struggle with the votes? As it turns out, it ended up hurting two out of the three. Both Kye and Rylan were in the bottom for the second time this season, and it ended up being a battle between camp and quality that, at least on the surface, Gary Barlow was likely to lose. For one, producers love controversy, and Rylan brings so much more of it than Kye; and while his performances are more comfortable, they are rarely as good.
Before we get to the final decision, let’s take a look at how the two parties squared off in their final sing-off before the judges.
Rylan Clark – Admittedly, we barely understood a single note of what Rylan chose to sing here. It wasn’t good, and in what was even worse news for him, it really wasn’t entertaining without all of the dancers and the glitter surrounding him.
Kye Sones – Kye not only ate Rylan’s lunch during this sing-off, but he also gave what was undoubtedly one of the greatest performances out of anyone all season long. He completely slayed this version of Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up” like he was a knight in shining armor looking to slay Gary Barlow’s dragon.
Now, we return to the part Gary was dreading: the vote. Thankfully, Louis acknowledged the fact that Kye slayed his performance, and then it came down to Tulisa, who chose to send home Kye. Shocker! We had yet another deadlock, and the Dermot O’Leary announced that the act leaving the competition was … Kye. Somehow, not even getting destroyed in the sing-off is enough to get Rylan out of this competition.
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